March 11, 2022
Like other Disney Parks, Disney California Adventure has dining options that match the theme of surrounding attractions without missing a detail, giving Guests a delectable experience all-around. For foodies who love everything Disney, amazing restaurants and character dining await at this destination, located across the promenade from Disneyland in Anaheim.
From tasty snacks and no-fuss meals to high-end dining, here’s your guide to dining inside Disney California Adventure Park.
Whether you’re visiting Disneyland Park, Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Florida, or Disney California Adventure, your top goal may be experiencing a vacation that’s full of magical memories, especially for your children. It’s why many families make dining an important part of their Disney traditions.
One memory that is sure to stick with the kids is meeting their favorite Disney character. Or even better: sharing a meal with them. Disney California Adventure used to offer character dining at the former Ariel’s Grotto (now Lamplight Lounge at Pixar Pier), but there are more opportunities to start your day with character interactions at the craftsman-style Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.
There are two great ways to start your day at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa!
Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Breakfast or the brunch buffet at the Storytellers Café, which is located inside the Grand Californian Hotel. Stop by for breakfast or brunch here and your kids will likely get a visit from Mickey Mouse himself!
Highlights from the breakfast menu include:
The brunch menu includes all of the breakfast items, but kicks it up a notch with:
Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures at Napa Rose, also inside the Grand Californian Hotel, caters to kids who have a Disney princess as their hero. What many don’t know is that it’s a foodie’s paradise, too. Starting at $125, your family will spend time with the princesses and take home a keepsake, as well as enjoy some of these highlights from the menu:
Maybe you’ve heard of a Disneyland restaurant located near the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction called the Blue Bayou. This unique establishment doesn’t just put you inside the ride, it’s also an attraction in and of itself.
At Disney California Adventure, the restaurants inside Radiator Springs —a jaw-droppingly accurate recreation of the fictional town in Pixar’s Cars — also create an immersive experience.
One of the most unique eateries at Radiator Springs is the Cozy Cone Motel. Consisting of five life-sized, traffic cone-shaped structures, this dining pit stop serves all of its snacks in — you guessed it — cones. Don’t be surprised if you see a character from Cars driving up to one of the cones during your visit — that happens often. The menu pricing is modest and includes:
Pym Test Kitchen is a superhero experience of tiny proportions located at Disney California Adventure’s Avengers Campus. Designed to make you feel like you’ve been shrunk down in size, this restaurant boasts oversized food and decor consisting of large soda cans and condiment bottles. The menu items include:
Pacific Wharf Cafe typically flies under the radar compared to the flashier signage of other dining establishments around Disney California Adventure, but it shouldn’t be overlooked. For $14.99 per adult, you can have a comforting bowl of clam chowder, broccoli and cheese, or any other seasonal soup. That may sound nice, but it’s the sourdough bread bowl that really gives you a bang for your buck. No one will walk away hungry, and it’s truly delicious. You can even take a tour of the Boudin Bakery where the sourdough is prepared fresh daily.
Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill is also located in the Pacific Wharf-themed area, which is a bit hidden from the main areas. Dining here means you’re sure to avoid the crowds and be able to relax with a margarita and some street tacos, along with a view of the Pixar Pal-A-Round Wheel. For around $14.99 per adult, you can enjoy:
The Carthay Circle Restaurant is a fine dining experience set in a replica of the iconic Carthay Circle Theater. This exclusive dining experience offers exquisite cuisines that are locally sourced. The menu is curated by award-winning Chef Andrew Sutton and features entree items such as Yuzu Marinated Salmon and Ravioli filled with Braised Short Rib. Pricing begins at $35 per adult.
Inside the Grand Californian Hotel, the Napa Rose also offers an exquisite fine-dining experience. While this restaurant’s on the pricier side at a minimum of $60 per adult, don’t let that deter you. The Napa Rose is also led by Sutton, an expert in creating dishes that pair with the finest wines from Napa Valley. Standout menu items include:
Both of these fine dining restaurants have kids’ menus, too, if you’re traveling with children who may prefer a corn dog or fried chicken over fancier dishes.
Disneyland is famous for its Dole Whip and turkey legs, but what about Disney California Adventure Park? The two best snack options here are:
Food plays a huge role in creating a memorable experience at the Disneyland Resort. Knowing where to find the right eateries and restaurants is also an important part of theme park survival. Whether it’s breakfast or brunch, lunch or dinner, or even if it’s just a quick snack, you can’t go wrong with any of the dining options mentioned here. There’s something to suit everyone’s dining cravings at Disney California Adventure.
March 11, 2022
March 11, 2022
March 11, 2022
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